Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone. Depending on the tooth replacement needs of the patient, implants can be topped with crowns, bridges, or dentures to restore one or more missing teeth. Implants offer a long-lasting solution to tooth loss, restoring both smile aesthetics and function. They integrate with the jawbone over time through a process called osseointegration, ensuring enhanced stability and a more natural look and feel than traditional dentures or bridges.

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Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implant candidacy depends on various factors. Generally, suitable candidates should have good overall health and sufficient jawbone density to support the implant(s). In cases where a patient’s jawbone has deteriorated, a bone grafting procedure may be indicated in order to help restore bone density and increase the likelihood of implant success. Ideal candidates should either be non-smokers or willing to quit smoking for the duration of the treatment process, as smoking can impair healing and elevates a patient’s risk for numerous other negative oral health outcomes. Ultimately, a thorough evaluation by a dentist is essential to determine if dental implants are the right option on a case-by-case basis.

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What Does the Dental Implant Procedure Entail?

The dental implant treatment process involves several steps. First, a comprehensive dental exam and imaging are performed to assess jawbone health and determine implant placement. If needed, preparatory care—such as tooth extractions, periodontal therapy, or bone grafting—may be performed to prepare the mouth for treatment. Next, the titanium implant post(s) are surgically placed into the jawbone. For implant-supported dentures, between 2 and 8 posts will be placed.

The osseointegration process typically takes a few months, during which the implant(s) heal and fuse with the jawbone for a secure, long-lasting fit. Once your dentist has determined that osseointegration is complete, the implant(s) will be topped with custom-fabricated crowns, bridges, or denture prosthetics.

What Can I Expect After Dental Implant Surgery?

For the first few days after dental implant surgery, patients may experience mild discomfort and swelling, especially around the surgical site(s). Pain medication and cold packs can help manage these symptoms. Patients are encouraged to eat a soft diet for the first few days after surgery, after which they can gradually progress to regular foods. Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential, but gentle brushing is advised around the surgical area. Smoking and vaping should be avoided during the healing period to prevent complications. Follow-up appointments with your dentist will be scheduled to monitor progress and ensure the implants integrate properly with the jawbone. Full recovery typically takes a few months, at which point the final restoration can be affixed and the treatment can be considered complete.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of dental implant treatment can vary depending on several factors, including the number of implants needed, the type of restoration being placed (crowns, bridges, or dentures), and any additional treatments required, such as bone grafting. Dental insurance coverage may also affect the overall cost. Once one of our dentists has had a chance to examine your mouth and consult with you regarding your treatment goals, we can provide you with a personalized price quote.

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